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Jayla
Warming Up

96 Posts

Posted - 07/31/2006 :  10:15:39 PM  Show Profile Send Jayla a Private Message
Urgh! I've been searching everywhere on the web and can't seem to find how to do an invisible seam for garter stitch when the pieces are lining up like shoulders. Can anyone help me out? I'm actually sewing the sole of a bootie onto the side part of the shoe (Debbie Bliss's Garter Stitch Shoes from "The Baby Knits" book) if that helps to visualize it better.

Thanks!

Jayla

(BTW, my search function on the forum doesn't seem to be working, so my apologies if a similar question has already been posted a million times!)

"I am certain that we were meant to be creative, to make love, to sing and dance and play. Everything else was dreamed up for us." ~~Alice Walker

azknitter
Honorary Angel

5539 Posts

Posted - 07/31/2006 :  10:41:40 PM  Show Profile Send azknitter a Private Message
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/mattress.html

Check half way down the page.

Trish
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Jayla
Warming Up

96 Posts

Posted - 08/01/2006 :  6:05:34 PM  Show Profile Send Jayla a Private Message
Thanks, but I was actually looking for a way to bind garter stitch when the pieces are not side by side but more the top of one piece to the bottom of the other. Would the technique be similar?

--Jayla

"I am certain that we were meant to be creative, to make love, to sing and dance and play. Everything else was dreamed up for us." ~~Alice Walker
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azknitter
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5539 Posts

Posted - 08/01/2006 :  8:56:55 PM  Show Profile Send azknitter a Private Message
I'm not sure what you mean without a picture of your project, but I'm guessing since you're talking about baby bootees where you have a flat part and a side that you are sewing at a 90 degree angle???

I'd say yes, the last three pictures on that site I posted would be the best way to seam the two pieces together. You may have to work in a little easing and that could be tricky, but not impossible.

Trish
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Jayla
Warming Up

96 Posts

Posted - 08/01/2006 :  9:32:11 PM  Show Profile Send Jayla a Private Message
Yes, I am sewing the side to the bottom. The sole kinda curves a little near the toe, but I think I can fudge around it and try to use the pictures as a guide.

Thanks for your help!

Jayla

"I am certain that we were meant to be creative, to make love, to sing and dance and play. Everything else was dreamed up for us." ~~Alice Walker
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thdx3
Seriously Hooked

694 Posts

Posted - 08/02/2006 :  03:18:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit thdx3's Homepage Send thdx3 a Private Message
There is excellent information on seaming garter from all angles in Sally Melville's The Knit Stitch. Not a free source, but worth it.

Knit on-

Terri D. in NYC

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MandyWelch
New Pal

3 Posts

Posted - 08/20/2006 :  03:21:38 AM  Show Profile Send MandyWelch a Private Message
Did you ever figure it out? I am seaming up a bootie as well and I love the design...I just hate how it looks seamed!! The design is such that the cast on edge is folded in half and seamed...this part is the back of the bootie. Pattern can be found here: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bevs-stay-on-booties.html Since it is garter stitch, I want the ridges to show, but whenever I try to stitch it, the ridges disappear making the seam very obvious. Got any ideas?

Mandy

Mama to Brady (6), Emily (5), Barrett (2) and baby bean due in the Spring :)
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fmarrs
Guardian angel

USA
9776 Posts

Posted - 08/20/2006 :  07:16:00 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
There are directions on my blog. The pictures are poor but you can still get the idea. The pictures are of a blue bootie.

fran

http://martianmischief.blogspot.com/
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MandyWelch
New Pal

3 Posts

Posted - 08/20/2006 :  12:24:02 PM  Show Profile Send MandyWelch a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by fmarrs

There are directions on my blog. The pictures are poor but you can still get the idea. The pictures are of a blue bootie.

fran

http://martianmischief.blogspot.com/



Thank you for leading me to your site. The pictures seem to be of the top part of the bootie where garter is seamed horizontally. I tried your baseball stitch on the back and when tightened, it didn't tuck under. Am I just the most dense seamer in the world?! LOL! I can't "seam" to get it right [:00]

Mandy

Mama to Brady (6), Emily (5), Barrett (2) and baby bean due in the Spring :)
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fmarrs
Guardian angel

USA
9776 Posts

Posted - 08/20/2006 :  6:33:11 PM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
>I tried your baseball stitch on the back and when tightened, it didn't tuck under.<

If it doesn't tuck under, there was probably too much fabric in each stitch. Try sewing it a little closer to the edge of the knitting. There should never be more than 2 strands of yarn in each stitch, maximum.

fran

http://martianmischief.blogspot.com/
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gwtreece
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USA
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Posted - 08/21/2006 :  06:04:15 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message
Jayla, I hope you got the help you needed.

Wanda
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